In this special edition of your favorite regional science hour we dive into the most beautiful time of year on the Plateau...the Monsoon Season. Join me as we learn about the origin of the name Monsoon and how this annual weather pattern develops. We also explore the ancient life within desert potholes, or ephemeral pools that fill up during this magical time of year and have living fossils existing within. And finally we talk about being safe out there in the wilds as you are exploring the Plateau region, and how to best avoid flash floods and lightning strikes. Regional music from New Mexico with Native Roots, and from Hopi with Casper.
Photo of storm over Kendrick Mountain and sun on Antelope Hill in northern Arizona by Joe Coyle.